Saturday, August 26, 2006

Friday, August 25, 2006

I just hope the tabloids don't start coming around

So my little brother, Kyler, is pretty much famous. Check out this link about his latest kayaking trip in Kansas. That's him with the giant ancient mastodon skull in the back of his kayak. Apparently it's quite the find and is in newspapers all over Kansas and Missouri.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Blast from the Past

Today while I was putting something in my filing cabinet, I came across a bunch of letters, cards, and notes from freshman year at Baylor. I didn't even realize I still had all of them. They ranged from pictures and charts drawn by Cecilia when she visited me, to letters from my family, to encouraging messages from Jefner written on kit-kit wrappers telling me to kick my chemistry's final's butt, to random comrade (and comrade parents) letters. Some made me laugh (A LOT), some made me sad (but in a good way), and some just reminded me of a somewhat simpler, yet somewhat more complicated, time in my life. And all reminded me that it is times like this that I'm glad I'm a packrat.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Keep on recycling, my Freecycle friend

A couple months ago I joined a local Freecycle group. What are Freecycle groups? They are groups of people who are committed to not throwing away stuff that they don't need anymore. Instead, they realize that other people may have a use for their "trash." No money is involved, everything is free - hence the name. If you have something you no longer have use for, you post an offer an the email listserv. People who need that item will email you and you give it to whomever you want, usually the first person to respond. Also, if you need something, you can post an "ISO" - in search of. That is how I got my dresser! I didn't have one, didn't really want to buy one, so I got one from the Knoxville area Freecycle group. Actually, that is where a lot of stuff in my apartment came from. And I have given stuff away too that I no longer need. It really is a great way to get and giveaway stuff. I'm a fan.

Jeremy and I are such fans of the entire Freecycle concept that we have contemplated putting up an offer. It would read something like "Offer: two friends. Will go camping with you. Will ride in your boat with you. Will go four-wheeling with you and will participate in many other friend activities!" I wonder if we'd have any takers...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Open letter to FoodTV

Dear FoodTV,

I am writing to tell you that I am an avid fan of your channel. From 30 Minute Meals to The Secret Life of..., I like it all. Even now that I have more than 5 channels, I watch your network frequently. However, I have noticed something missing from your lineup. While there are many shows that cater to many diverse groups of viewers, you do not have anything geared towards us vegetarians. I believe that a show that focuses on vegetarian cuisine would go over well with not only the non-meat eaters, but with everyone. Even people who do not abstain from meat could learn tasty new dishes.

I hope you take into consideration by suggestion. I look forward to the new show and cannot wait to learn new vegetarian cooking ideas.

Affectionately Yours,
Golda Waselovich

Monday, August 07, 2006

Pretendin' it's the weekend

Today, partly inspired by Jack Johnson and partly inspired by the fact that there are enough bananas in my freezer to feed a small country banana bread for a year, I made banana pancakes! I didn't use a recipe - just winged it, and they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Banana-y, but not over the top. I'm pleased with my culinary excursion of the day.

If anyone has a good recipe for bananas besides banana bread/muffins, I'd like it. I'm trying to figure out some more creative ways to use them than the usual.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Democracy and Capitalism

I got back to Knoxville yesterday after some delays in the Detroit airport due to weather. And once I got back Jeremy and I realized it was election day so we voted in the primary and then rewarded ourselves with Icees from the gas station. Gotta love the Icees. While I was in Detroit I was spoiled though - there was a 7/11 on every corner! Ahh, Slurpees.... Anyway, back to the election, Harold Ford Jr. won the Democratic primary for senator, much to no one's surprise. The people running against him weren't even really running. I think one guy was also on the ballot for one or two other offices. Ford will be against Bob Corker in November. From what I've heard about him, he's a relatively moderate Republican. It should be an interesting election in the fall - a somewhat moderate Democrat against a somewhat moderate Republican.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Dream a little dream...

Two nights ago I had a dream that the Israeli army overtook the United States. I was so confused because I thought that we are kinda allies with them or something, but in my dream, it wasn't so. They had overtaken the country much like Germany did with much of Europe during WWII. There were even check stations all over that we had to pass through. For some reason one of the soliders was trying to kill me so I had to run away through the woods. Right when I was getting to tired to continue running my friends drove up and gave me a ride home. But of course we had to go through all the checkpoints. Luckily the soliders there didn't know that the other guy was trying to kill me so I wasn't detained. I got home and found that my family had to house two young soliders. And my grandma was there, even though in real life she's dead. We were all terrified of the soliders, even though they were incredibly nice to us. We didn't want them to kill us. Cuz who would?? I was really upset because I couldn't even email anyone to tell them that my family was being forced to house these soliders (isn't that against some sort of amendment? 3rd? 4th?) because all emails and blogs were being read. About this time I woke up and realized that the country had not been overtaken by anyone and that I was in Detroit still at my sister's.

Maybe it's time to stop reading/watching the news before I go to sleep. I think it's starting to get to me.